SYBCG Ju-Jutsu a.k.a. Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

San Yama Bushi and Combination Goju School of Self Defense (SYBCG)

Also referred to as JJJ, San Yama Bushi and Combination Goju School of Self Defense (SYBCG) Ju-Jutsu is a system of standing street self-defense that assumes an aggressor never wants a fair fight. In Japanese Jiu-Jitsu we train to neutralize attacks efficiently and effectively from the bigger, stronger, armed, and multiple attackers in life-threatening scenarios.


Why Learn Japanese Ju-Jutsu?

The goal of SYBCG JJ is to help people to not be the victims of violent crime. Therefore, the number one reason to learn SYBCG JJ is for street self defense to prepare for life threatening situations. In the pursuit of this goal, you will also experience a professional and cooperative training environment inside a supportive community. SYBCG JJ is also an art and an athletic pursuit that can be used to hone one’s mind and body.

What is SYBCG?

SYBCG translates to “Three mountain warrior and combination hard/soft school of self-defense”. The system uses traditional principles drawn from Ju Jutsu (aka: Ju Jitsu, Ju-Jutsu, JuJutsu), Aikido, Judo, and Karate modernized for the life-threatening scenarios faced on urban streets. Heavy emphasis is placed on the most efficient means of neutralizing an attacker while positioning oneself for additional threats. This means that multiple attacker scenario drilling is an essential tool utilized after the basics are mastered.

How Does JJJ Differ from GJJ?

Both Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and SYBCG JJ are derived from traditional Japanese Ju-Jutsu. Where GJJ focuses on bringing the fight to the ground and ground techniques, SYBCG JJ focuses on standing self defense. SYBCG JJ has a stronger emphasis on the Judo and Aikido elements of traditional Ju-Jutsu as applied to modern scenarios like muggings, clubs attack defenses, and gun defenses. SYBCG JJ assumes that additional threats are unknown and so teaches to defend by staying up and mobile whenever possible. This makes it possible to train for multiple attacker scenarios which are practiced throughout the curriculum.

Will I Spar in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu?

Sparring in SYBCG JJ can take the form of Judo sparring in which both students attempt to unbalance and throw each other. This is not explicitly a part of the curriculum however because it is not realistic to self defense scenarios. The full curriculum should not be used in sparring as many strikes to vital areas and joint locks are utilized that would not be safe to spare full force with. Instead, scenario drilling is extensively utilized in which students trade off attacking and defending against one another with ever escalating levels of resistance.

Who is Japanese JuJutsu for?

SYBCG JJ is for anyone of any gender, body type, athletic ability, or age above 16 years who is looking for a street self defense system. This system is amazingly effective against bigger and stronger attackers because joint locks neutralize strength differences and having a lower center of gravity makes it much easier to throw a taller person than a taller person throwing a shorter one when using Ju-Jutsu principles.

What to Expect on Day One?

Every class begins with a fundamental lesson that can be learned on your first day and shows several applications for the given technique. On your first day, you will learn the basics of correct falling, rolling, and either a joint lock or throw depending on the lesson for that day.

What’s in the Curriculum?

The curriculum focuses on joint locks, throws, and momentum redirection in combination with “Atemi”, or distracting strikes. These techniques are first applied in a formal setting with an unresisting partner, similar to Kodokan Judo, in order to perfect the technique mechanics. The techniques are then used to defend hand to hand unarmed attacks, armed attacks including knife, club, and gun, and in multiple attacker scenarios. A strong foundation of correct falling mechanics is taught to every student and drilled as they progress through the system to ensure safe training.

What’s the Belt Progression?

The ranking system uses four colored belts with stripes in-between to go from white to black through the complete curriculum but even the first belt earned will include a variety of weapon defenses and real-life defense scenarios. The first belt takes around 3 months to acquire and a black belt takes around 5 to 6 years of dedicated training.

What to Wear to Your First Class?

For training, students wear a martial arts uniform called a dogi or “gi” for short. All techniques taught in SYBCG JJ can be done with or without a gi but gis are useful for instruction and are tough enough to not to get damaged as normal clothes might. On your first day you can bring a gi if you have one or train in athletic clothes until you have a chance to get a gi.

SYBCG Root Arts


a.k.a. Ju Jitsu, Ju-Jutsu, JuJutsu

A generic term applied to many systems of unarmed combat that vary widely and were first developed for combat when a samurai lost their weapon on a battlefield and still had to fight many armed attackers. It has since been adapted to be a means of street self-defense and an art form.


A system that arose from Ju Jutsu by Morihei Ueshiba in 1942 which emphasizes continuity of lines of force to redirect momentum using throws and particularly joint locks.


A system that arose from Ju Jutsu by Kano Jigoro in 1882 which emphasizes grappling, throwing, and strangle techniques governed by a set of rules. It is particularly used in sport application. The Kodokan is the birthplace of Judo and the original Gokyo no Waza (Five principles of technique) consisted of 40 throws.


A system of “empty hand” combat that emphasizes striking and defending with the arms and legs.

The history of SYBCG Ju-Jutsu

In, 1962, Antonio Pereira went to Japan to deepen his martial arts understanding where he trained and received his teaching cert from O’sensei Ueshiba, son of the founder of Aikido. Around the same time, he trained and received his 2nd degree black belt in Judo from the Kodokan, the birthplace of Judo. Pereira also receive a 3rd degree black belt in Sosuishitsu Ryu Ju-Jutsu and trained in karate, boxing, and western “street-style fighting”.
Pereira brought these ancient principles to the tough streets of the South Bronx in New York where he, his students, and his art were tested and refined in life threatening self-defense encounters. These arts and experiences synergized to form a cohesive street self-defense system with ruthless efficiency named Mi Yama Ryu Ju-Jitsu.

As the Mi Yama Ryu school grew, his top instructor, Hector Negron, started his own school nearby and named it San Yama Bushi Ju-Jutsu. At San Yama Bushi, 6th degree American Goju Karate black belt Zurriane Bennett trained and gained his 3rd degree black belt. From there, he took his experience from serving in the Marines, law enforcement, San Yama Bushi Ryu Jujutsu, Shijitsu-Jissen Karate-Jutsu Ryu, Combination Builders Combat Ryu Jujutsu, and American Goju Ryu Karate and formed the San Yama Bushi and Combination Goju School of Self Defense (SYBCG).

Instructor Background: Francis Hauris trained with Zurriane Bennett for over 13 years and received his 1st degree black belt and teaching certification in SYBCG Ju Jutsu. Francis has over 20 years of martial arts experience and holds a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as studied Karate, Boxing, Judo, Aikido, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Francis has taught SYBCG Ju Jutsu for several years and is now bringing it to Colorado in collaboration with Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora where is also serves as a Certified Instructor teaching the combatives program.

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